Askwith Education Forum How K-12 Schools Can Take Action on Climate Change A discussion on how schools and educators can help prepare young people to envision and work toward a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society. Posted February 17, 2022 By News editor Climate Change and Education Education Policy K-12 System Leadership Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time — and schools have a sizable environmental impact. There are nearly 100,000 public K-12 schools in the United States occupying 2 million acres of land and producing 53,000 tons of food waste. Schools operate one of the largest mass transportation fleets in the country with 480,000 school buses, and they are one of the largest public energy consumers.We’ll talk with national education leaders — members of an Aspen Institute bipartisan commission that recently released a K12 Climate Action Plan – about how the education sector can be a force toward climate solutions and environmental justice. Join us to talk about how schools and educators can help prepare young people to envision and work toward a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society.Host Jennifer Cheatham, Faculty Co-Chair, Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship (ELOE), Harvard Graduate School of EducationWelcome Bridget Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Economics, Harvard Graduate School of EducationSpeakers:John King Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; former U.S. Secretary of EducationPedro Martinez, CEO, Chicago Public SchoolsBecky Pringle, President, National Education AssociationResources:K12 Climate Action PlanLocal K12 Climate Action Plan: Key Questions to Get Started Askwith Education Forum Bringing innovators and influential leaders to the Harvard Graduate School of Education Explore All Articles Related Articles Askwith Education Forum Education and Climate Action A crucial conversation about how educators and systems can advance climate solutions, build resilience to climate change, and support the learners of today and tomorrow Askwith Education Forum Advocacy, Resilience, and Hope on Display During Harvard Climate Action Week An Askwith Education Forum and a Solutions Showcase shine a light on education’s impact on climate change Usable Knowledge Why Schools Need to Look at Their Own Carbon Footprint A new climate plan reveals the surprising impact K–12 schools have on the environment and what they can do to be more green.